From the pastor\'s mind...

Thanks to all who have participated so far on the church directory.  We’ve had good response but there are a few more needed.  It just would not be the same without you.  Oh, and some have asked so let me assure you, Miss Penny, the “Church Dog” has already had her picture taken and she is in the new directory.  You will have to contact her through Boyd, she doesn’t have a phone!

Pictures will be taken through the end of April.  Thanks again, for your cooperation.

I also want to encourage you, if you’ve not already done it, to download our new church app.  You can do so through the Apple App store or Google Play.  Just make sure you download TBC Tulsa.  Once you download it, sign in with the email you used for Faithlife.  Also, if you have been using the Faithlife online giving you need to cancel it and sign up with our new online account found on the website and/or in the app.  Faithlife is going away the first of June.  The new website and app are much easier to navigate once you learn the system.  Prayer requests/ announcements, will be moved to the new app.  Until June, we will try to make sure they get put on both.

This Wednesday, April 19, will be our quarterly business meeting.  We will meet in the Fellowship Building at 6:30 pm.  We will be looking over our financial reports, hearing updates from various ministries, voting on new members and a proposal for a new church sign.  I hope that you will be joining us.

This morning Psalm 133 has been on my mind.  It is one of the Psalms of Ascent.  It would be sung by pilgrims as they neared Jerusalem and the temple.  It is a shout of praise about what the people of God are to be.  The Psalmist writes,
Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore.

The Church is to be a little slice of heaven on earth.  Our life together is to reflect the life to come.  This psalm extols the beauty of life together.  A life marked by unity.  Not uniformity.  Not that we walk in lock-step, looking the same, sounding the same.  The call is for unity or harmony.  Implied is a blending together.  The same mind and heart, purpose and will.  David says this is a good thing.  The word speaks of an agreeable, happy and valuable experience.  There is no beauty in a monotone performance or a monochrome picture.  The beauty is in all the various colors and tones blending into a vibrant whole.  We, the church, are a blended community.  I’m grateful for the vibrancy and beauty of our life together.  I want to thank you for giving me a little glimpse into glory week after week.  We are different, yet one.  Different backgrounds, different perspectives, different tastes, yet one in Christ, committed to live out the truth of our faith together.  Thank you for consistently demonstrating that on a regular basis.

I’ll see you Sunday.